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Apply for ID card due to other name change

If your name has changed, your ID card is invalid. Therefore, in this case, you must apply for a new one. There is one exception: as long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or provisional passport, with the new name,...

If your name has changed, your ID card is invalid. Therefore, in this case, you must apply for a new one.

There is one exception: as long as you have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or provisional passport, with the new name, you do not have to apply for a new identity card.

The EU logo on the front of the ID card, introduced from August 2, 2021, does not mean that ID cards without this logo become invalid.

The period of validity depends on your age at the time of application:

  • under 24 years: identity card is valid for 6 years.
  • 24 years and older: ID card is valid for 10 years.
A provisional identity card is valid for a maximum of 3 months.

You can submit the application to your identity card authority at your main place of residence, which is usually the customer center.
Applications can be submitted to any other identity card authority if an important reason is given. In this case, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase. The approval of the identity card authority at the main place of residence is required for the issuance of the identity card; this is obtained from the customer center.

Important notes

Prerequisites

The obligation to apply for an identity card applies to you if you
  • have German citizenship,
  • have reached the age of 16 and
  • are registered in Germany,
  • do not have a valid passport or temporary passport with the new name.
For the application outside of your main place of residence:
  • You must be able to demonstrate an important reason why you are not applying for an identity card from the identity card authority at your main place of residence.
  • If you are registered in Hamburg with a secondary residence, the approval of the identity card authority at the place of your main residence is required for the issuance of the ID document. When applying, a non-responsibility surcharge applies, which means that the costs of the issuance increase.

Documents required

  • old identity card or passport (with the old name) and, if available, a valid passport (with the new name)
  • Proof of name from the registry office or the authority for internal affairs and sports
  • for children under the age of 16: declaration of consent and identification document of the parent with custody who is not present
    • if there is only one legal guardian, proof of custody is also required
  • Biometric passport photo: The photo must
    • be up to date and
    • meet the photo requirements for electronic ID cards.

Please note

There are the following hints:
  • An extension or change of the identity card is not possible. A new identity card is always issued.
  • In urgent cases, you can also apply for a temporary identity card (valid for a maximum of 3 months) at the same time. This will be given to you immediately.
  • People without a permanent address or the homeless should contact the customer center in Hamburg-Mitte.

Deadlines

You must apply for the new identity card immediately after the name change.

Exception: You have a valid passport document, i.e. passport or provisional passport, with the new name.

Procedure & Fees

Processing time

The application usually takes about 15 minutes.

The processing time is usually around 3-4 weeks.

Fees


  • EUR 37.00 for applicants aged 24 and over

  • EUR 22.80 for applicants under the age of 24

  • EUR 10.00 for the provisional identity card

  • EUR 13.00 surcharge when applying outside of working hours or not at the main residence

  • EUR 30.00 surcharge for issue by consular or diplomatic representation abroad

Fee reductions or waivers are available for those in need. An application must be made. The customer center decides on the application.

Legal notes

Legal basis

§ 9 Personal Identity Card Act (PAuswG)


https://www.gesetze-im-internet.de/pauswg/__9.html

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